Thursday, February 2, 2017

Chicago State sledgehammer: Can Paul Vallas save the struggling university? - Chicago Tribune Editorial

"At Chicago Public Schools, he reversed years of budget deficits without begging the General Assembly for a bailout. He did here what he replicated elsewhere: He swung a sledgehammer. Fearless and focused, Vallas wasn't afraid to take Chicago's public school system to the studs, then rebuild." That's what we said about former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas when Gov. Pat Quinn picked him as his running mate. We smiled then and we smile even more now as Vallas joins the board of trustees at another educational institution desperately in need of reform: Chicago State University. Vallas will need to wield that fiscal sledgehammer in his new role starting Monday. And he'll need that fearless, no-nonsense attitude at a university with a long history of mismanagement, cronyism and academic failure.

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